Uber rates are determined using a base fare, which is added to a cost per minute or cost per mile. A safe rides fee is also applied to the cost. Prices vary depending on the city in which the service is used, as well as the vehicle chosen.
The Uber smartphone app allows users to enter pick up and drop off locations for a fare estimate. Uber's app also provides average fare rates for the area. According to Uber's website, users have the option to choose a vehicle for the ride, including low-cost everyday cars, taxis, private drivers with high-end sedans, SUVs for larger groups and luxury vehicles.